Members of an entrepreneurs club at Colorado Mesa University were among the winners at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization conference in Florida.
A total of more than 1,400 students from 200 member colleges and universities attended the conference.
Georgann Jouflas, a professor who serves as the advisor for the CMU E Club, won first place for best chapter advisor in the nation. Dylana Gross, president of the CMU E-Club, placed second for best student leader.
The CMU club also was honored for its efforts in leadership and community building. The club was selected from among more than 400 schools participating in the CEO organization.
CMU won first place for best fund-raiser in the nation last year and used the momentum to build on its Business on the Quad fund-raising event this year.
Patrick Wall and Ethan Kishi participated in the national elevator pitch competition. Wall pitched Rocky Mountain Sriracha. This hot sauce company was developed in several CMU entrepreneurship classes last spring and was one of the winners in the CMU E-Day elevator pitch competition.
Rocky Mountain Sriracha recently raised almost $10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. Rocky Mountain Sriracha is also the official sriracha of the Red Rocks concert venue.
Since the competition, Wall has been in contact with several of the judges in seeking new partnerships and investments.
Kishi is the youngest person to pitch at the national competition in two consecutive years.